Pressure builds for Mets, Dodgers

Updated: February 11, 2011, 9:31 AM ET
By Buster Olney

The financial stresses on the Mets and Dodgers are real and they are mounting, like the snow and ice piling up on the roofs of houses and stores in the northeast. There is a breaking point, when the realities of debt can collapse an ownership.

What is unknown is if or when the Mets' Fred Wilpon or the Dodgers' Frank McCourt will get there.

Tom Hicks, the former owner of the Texas Rangers, had no intention of selling his team, and fought hard to keep control of the franchise. Major League Baseball provided a line of cash for the Rangers to help with their day-to-day operations. Commissioner Bud Selig aided the franchise in that way, but mostly he stood by and observed. He didn't frantically attempt to rescue Hicks' control of the club, nor did he aggressively force him to sell.

In the end, the avalanche of debt caved in on Hicks and he lost the Rangers.